In the past few months, I’ve really come to love polenta. I haven’t attempted it in its baked or fried forms yet but those recipes are in the works. During my most recent meeting with polenta, I decided to get a little crazy (sarcasm) and add some fresh spinach…and some grated Pecorino-Romano cheese – what?? Remember my Cheese Is Love post?? The result was outstanding! How is that just a simple couple of additions can make such a difference? I paired this treat with the most outstanding pork chop recipe I’ve had in years. You can see my change in green below.

Spinach Polenta
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raw spinach (washed)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino-Romano cheese
  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and black pepper. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 15 minutes. (It only took about 5 minutes to thicken but I cooked it for an additional 5-8 minutes to make sure the cornmeal was cooked through.) Turn off the heat. Add the butter, spinach, and cheese, and stir until melted.

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  • Kate
    January 31, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    For a quick side, I love the tube polenta too. It’s a completely different texture, but same great flavor.

  • Sarah
    February 1, 2008 at 3:50 AM

    This looks wonderful. I’ll have to try it soon.

  • Ally
    February 2, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Yum, I love polenta and yours looks great!

  • Gillian
    February 12, 2008 at 4:25 AM

    Oh yummy! I just got some polenta to try for the first time while I’m on this vegetarian kick! 🙂 I’ll have to try the spinach version.

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